Arts Policy and Management (Postgraduate Certificate)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


One year part-time


Flexible evening study, with some daytime and Saturday teaching, October to June

This part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Arts Policy and Management is designed for existing arts managers who wish to develop their practice and understanding of the background, theories and principles of arts and cultural management, or for those who wish to pursue a career in arts management and who satisfy other entry criteria.

It explores the requirements and benefits of strategic management, balancing theory and practice within the context of the prevailing social, political, economic and technological environments. It focuses on public and voluntary sector arts organisations, but also addresses key commercial sector issues.

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  • Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 13th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2016-17 World University Subject Rankings.
  • Benefit from links with arts and cultural organisations, including an optional work placement.
  • Flexible study pattern with a mixture of evening and daytime study options.
  • We offer a range of resources and student support to help you while you're studying with us.
  • The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Art and Design at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment supporting world-leading or internationally excellent research.
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Course structure

To complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Arts Policy and Management, you must successfully complete modules worth a total of 60 credit points. The structure of the programme is exactly the same as our MA Arts Policy and Management, but you take fewer modules and do not undertake a dissertation. 

You take one core module and one compulsory module and select a specialist pathway consisting of one module, all in one year.


Our pathways each consist of two specialist option modules that allow you to focus on, and deepen your knowledge of, an area within arts policy and management that is of especial interest to you. On the Postgraduate Certificate, you select one option module from your chosen pathway.

Pathways are offered in:

  • Audiences: Participation and Learning
  • Curating
  • Performing Arts.

Or you can create your own pathway.

To find out more, please see our programme structure.

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